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Looking for a specific report, sample RFP and other documents that explain the affordable housing process? The Housing Toolbox resource section has all the materials that appear on this site.

MHP Inclusionary Zoning Worksheet

January 17, 2020

A short worksheet intended to guide municipalities considering the adoption of Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) through the initial decisions making process. 

For questions on the worksheet or on implementing IZ in your community, contact MHP's Katy Lacy at

Housing Policy Guide

November 22, 2019

What do the experts think? The American Planning Association (APA) voted to adopt this Housing Policy Guide in April 2019. The guide helps planners identify emerging trends related to accessible housing for all and key policy positions that APA supports. 

Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019

August 15, 2019

The 2019 Greater Boston Housing Report Card is a collaboration between The Boston Foundation, Northeastern University Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Planning, UMASS Donahue Institute, and MHP Center for Housing Data. The report looks at the state of housing in Greater Boston, specifically around supply and demand, production, segregation, and local control. 

Visit the website for a concise summary of each chapter and to explore interactive maps and tables on community data. 

Amy Dain Report on The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston

August 15, 2019

Researcher Amy Dain reports on two years of research into the regulations, plans and permits in the 100 cities and towns surrounding Boston. The research was commissioned by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and funded collaboratively with: Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, MassHousing, and Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

Illegal Neighborhood Study 2016

August 21, 2017

An photo and mapping analysis of the zoning and characteristics of several Massachusetts highly desirable neighborhoods to see how they conform to current regulations. 

The Use of Chapter 40R in Massachusetts

February 16, 2017

This document prepared by Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) provides examples from across the state of the uses of Chapter 40R, also known as the Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production Act.